Amicus Briefs Inside This Week’s Supreme Court Arguments on LGBT Workers’ Rights

Inside This Week’s Supreme Court Arguments on LGBT Workers’ Rights By Jocelyn Samuels The Supreme Court will soon decide whether it’s legal for an employer to fire a gay man because the employer disapproves of his sexual orientation, or to refuse to hire a trans woman because the employer is uncomfortable with her gender identity. … More Amicus Briefs Inside This Week’s Supreme Court Arguments on LGBT Workers’ Rights

SCOTUS Cases Could Dictate Global Harm to LGBTQI Communities

When all is said and done there could not be a more serious moment in the lives of LGBTQI Americans and their families – and also for the entire LGBTI world. Any form of inequality or diminishing of our community will serve to justify and hence dictate further global marginalization for all LGBTQI communities. If … More SCOTUS Cases Could Dictate Global Harm to LGBTQI Communities

Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Legislative Solutions Exist to Ensure Fair Maps  Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. In its 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to block the … More Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill affirming the lower courts designation that the Virginia legislature lacks standing to appeal in its own right: SCOTUS dismissed the challenge to a lower court’s findings that some of Virginia’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered, saying that House Republicans did not have legal standing to challenge the decision. … More Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Memo on Today’s Supreme Court Decision to Stay Preliminary Injunctions, Allowing Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Palm Center today has released the following memo providing a concise summary of facts on transgender military service and implications of today’s Supreme Court decision suspending a string of preliminary injunctions that had … More Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Conservative appointee, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing Friday in refusing to block a California judge’s ruling against enforcement of new policies that restrict asylum-seekers along the southern border. The high court, 5-4, refused to stay a nationwide injunction. Several former government lawyers—including Carter Phillips and Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin, … More Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In today’s petitions asking the Supreme Court to allow President Trump’s ban on transgender service members to take effect, the Trump administration has repeated false claims about inclusive policy. Despite extensive data confirming that inclusive policy for transgender personnel has been a success, the administration asserts, without evidence, that the policy poses … More Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

NAACP President Calls Kavanaugh Confirmation “Devasting Blow”

Move Signals Dark Days Ahead for Civil Rights Communities – America Deserves Better BALTIMORE (October 6, 2018)—NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released the following remarks regarding the Senate confirmation of nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “The U.S. Senate’s decision today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is devastating blow to our democracy. … More NAACP President Calls Kavanaugh Confirmation “Devasting Blow”

Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

Hundreds arrested for taking over the US Capitol steps as women and survivors promise: this is only the beginning Washington, D.C. — Today, after weeks of survivors turning their pain into action and building grassroots power across the country, thousands of women flooded the US Capitol to protest just moments before the final vote on … More Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

How Kavanaugh’s Latest Op-Ed proves he IS Lying and Unfit.

By Melanie Nathan In  a last ditch effort to persuade the undecided, Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed akin to a defensive grovel in the Wall Street Journal, hoping that he will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as a Justice to the Supreme Court. Clearly aimed at that teeny audience of three who are the … More How Kavanaugh’s Latest Op-Ed proves he IS Lying and Unfit.

Close-up Faces of those who cheered and laughed as Trump Mocked Sexual Assault Survivor

The faces of those patrons of the MAGA Trump rally who applauded and laughed as Trump mocked, in essence, all sexual assault survivors Last night America was shocked. Well shocked that there was something even more shocking than the things that have already been so shocking! We must be talking about Trump! Donald J. The … More Close-up Faces of those who cheered and laughed as Trump Mocked Sexual Assault Survivor

Brett Kavanaugh is a Conduct Unbecoming Liar and should not be on ANY Court Bench

By Melanie Nathan, JUST SAY NO!  “I know one thing for sure that if he is nominated to SCOTUS American woman will riot and burn this place down – and you can decide whether that is metaphorical or literal – let us see! So regardless Patriarchy, your days are numbered!” Melanie Nathan. When Donald Trump … More Brett Kavanaugh is a Conduct Unbecoming Liar and should not be on ANY Court Bench

Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

“As we fight for the soul of this country, we must save its heartbeat – SCOTUS! Read this important piece and please follow up. If you do nothing this week that is proactive, then you are complicit in the silence that is destroying America. Because without ALL our voices, yes the majority, we are as … More Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

NAACP Mobilizing and Calling on Senate to Halt and Reject Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

The nation’s foremost civil rights organization will mobilize against Senate hearings for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. The group is bringing leadership, members and supporters to Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to Kavanaugh, when the Senate hearings kickoff on Tuesday morning. NAACP President Derrick Johnson will attend the Senate Judiciary … More NAACP Mobilizing and Calling on Senate to Halt and Reject Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

Women’s March Joins Unite for Justice on National Day of Action to Stop Kavanaugh Confirmation 8/26

Over 130 events are confirmed for the National Day of Action on Women’s Equality Day On Sunday, August 26, Women’s March will join over 60 organizations for a Unite for Justice National Day of Action. In advance of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, which begins September 4, more than 130 events will take place … More Women’s March Joins Unite for Justice on National Day of Action to Stop Kavanaugh Confirmation 8/26

SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

“Court’s Decision Gives a Green Light to Policy Based on Bigotry” MPOWER CHANGE. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Trump vs. State of Hawaii, upheld, (5-4)-  President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting, an executive order that suspends refugee resettlement and permanently prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on the basis of their nationalities. The … More SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

Statements on SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

On June 4, in the case known as Masterpiece Cakeshop, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for not, in the Court’s view, taking a more neutral stance on religious beliefs.  This is a limited ruling which only addressed the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  However this could … More Statements on SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

SCOTUS Ruling Stings Immigrants in Detention

In a long awaited opinion, the Supreme Court in Jennings v. Rodriguez disappointingly reversed an appellate court decision holding that U.S. immigration statutes do not authorize immigrants to be held indefinitely and affording those individuals bond hearings after six months to evaluate if detention remains justified. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the appellate court to consider the constitutional limits of the statutes, if any, … More SCOTUS Ruling Stings Immigrants in Detention

SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review in two cases, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant and Bryant v. Barber, both challenging Mississippi’s HB 1523 passed in April 2016 and effective in October 2017. The Court’s decision not to hear the cases means the worst-in-the-nation anti-LGBTQ law will remain on the books in Mississippi. … More SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Trumps Third Attempt at Muslim Travel Ban Fails with Federal Court Block

A federal judge has  blocked Trump’s Third faulty Executive Order from being implemented.  Today’s ruling in Hawaii v. Trump. This is likely to be appealed. Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii decision means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or … More Trumps Third Attempt at Muslim Travel Ban Fails with Federal Court Block

Multiple LGBT Cases on SCOTUS Docket as New Term Begins 

Freedom for All Americans releases new online hub tracking LGBTQ nondiscrimination litigation   WASHINGTON – Today marks the first day that the U.S. Supreme Court is sitting for oral argument in the 2017-2018 session. As the court returns to work, Masterpiece Cakeshop looms as one of the landmark cases for the term. But the Court could … More Multiple LGBT Cases on SCOTUS Docket as New Term Begins 

Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

The US supreme court has ended a dramatic day of legal tussles over Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days, declining to allow the state to go ahead with Monday night’s scheduled killings in what amounted to a major victory for the condemned inmates’ lawyers and anti-death penalty campaigners. The nation’s highest … More Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Order follows Trump administration’s withdrawal of nonbinding federal guidance on how to protect transgender student WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court announced that it will not hear G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the historic transgender equality case on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. In light of President Trump’s decision to … More Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

TLDEF Brief Spotlights Positive Contributions of Transgender Americans and Harms of Denying them Basic Freedoms that Allow Full Participation in Society New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the … More Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

Today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board on March 28. The case is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. Grimm is challenging a policy in his local school district that singles out transgender students for … More SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

With many thanks to the Williams Institute at UCLA LAw School, we examine the LGBT Record of Supreme Court Nominee, Scalia like,  Neil Gorsuch: Today, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. … More LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

Californians Demand Sens. Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee And Use Every Tool Available To Reject The Pick Thousands Join Courage Campaign in Urging California Democrats to “Just. Say. No.” CALIFORNIA — A new petition from the California-based Courage Campaign is calling on the state’s Senators — Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris … More Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

But is relieved that Court upholds affirmative action Washington, DC – Today, a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created … More LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

It am pleased to note that  South Africa’s President Zuma has issued a statement condemning the massacre of LGBT Americans.   Indeed this is an important statement to make and I am grateful for it. Yet cannot help but note the hypocrisy and in doing so – lets hope speaking out brings renewed consciousness. Here … More South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

President Obama has just appointed DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to take deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The President  delivered a powerful speech introducing the Judge and invoked his and the Senate’s constitutional duty, challenging the already asserted obstructionist Republican stance to deny this … More President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS